Robert enlisted 2/09/1942 at HMCS Hunter, Windsor, ON. Robert was reported on a week-end leave from the RCN Barracks in Windsor at his parents home. TT 24/09/42. He was reported stationed at HMCS Stadacona, Halifax, NS.
There were many organizations that sent ‘comfort packages’ to men and women serving in the military in Canada and overseas. What follows is the text of a Ordinary Seaman thanking the St. Andrew’s (Church) Guild for their parcel to him, as follows:
8 February, 1943.
St. Andrew’s Guild,
When I came ashore today I received ashore today, I received a most pleasant surprise in the form of grand parcel. It arrived in A1 condition and I could hardly wait until I got back on board to open it. To say I’m delighted with every article contain there in is putting it mildly – I’m very greatful and appreciate the effort and expense that you ladies went to in preparing such a fine parcel.
I wish to thank the ladies, the A.Y.P.A., and all the grand members of St. Andrew’s for their thoughtfulness and good wishes.
Although I don’t get around to writing very often, I think of my Tilbury friends frequently. Am unable to mention the work we are doing as it is of a confidential nature; very interesting, important and quite necessary and we are happy in doing “our bit”. A Windsor chap and I received a temporary draft sometime ago to do this assignment and we are getting along very well.
I hope everyone in our church is well and chins up.
MGF- IODE records Tilbury, TT4/03/43.
Born 18/11/1907 at Embury, England, the son of George elford and Susan Ann Andrews living on Tilbury St., Tilbury, ON.